The Benevolent Giant [Event]

8 Feb

The UHP is sponsoring the Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar Prof. Trevor Pinch for a reception and public lecture!  We’re looking forward to it, and hope you’ll join us!

Join us for

“Understanding the Golem of Science and Technology: The Social Roots of Knowledge”

With Prof. Trevor Pinch

Thursday, February 22nd at 7pm

MPA Room 310 (805 21st Street)

Reception with light refreshments at 6:15pm

Lecture at 7pm

RSVP on Facebook

Keep reading for the full info. 

The University Honors Program will sponsor a Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar this spring.  Professor Trevor Pinch, known in part for founding the theory of the social construction of technology, will visit the George Washington Universityon the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of February.

While here, Prof. Pinch will meet with students and faculty both in and outside of the classroom.  His schedule includes a private dinner and conversation with faculty and select students, along with a formal lecture open to the public on the evening of Thursday, February 22nd at 7pm in MPA 310. A reception with light refreshments is scheduled at 6:15pm.

Prof. Pinch’s public lecture is  titled “Understanding the Golem of Science and Technology: The Social Roots of Knowledge.”  In this lecture, Prof. Pinch will argue that the best knowledge we as humans have achieved so far, scientific knowledge, is fundamentally social knowledge. He will explore what follows from this for thinking about scientific and technological expertise and our relationship to such experts. He will offer the notion of a Golem – a friendly benevolent monster – as a way of thinking about science. Throughout the lecture he will use examples drawn from recent research in the new interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies.

Prof. Pinch’s visit is a prestigious honor for GWU.  Prof. Pinch, a professor of science and technology studies and of sociology, has been a Max Planck Institute visiting fellow and has spent part of his career teaching in theUKand Cornell.  The purpose of his visit is to contribute to the intellectual life of GWU through an exchange of ideas with faculty and students.

More About Trevor Pinch

Trevor Pinch is professor of science and technology studies and of sociology.  He taught for the first part of his career at universities in theUnited Kingdombefore moving to Cornell in 1990.  He has been a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science,Berlin.

He is best known for his contributions toward understanding the social nature of science and technology and for founding the theory, the social construction of technology (SCOT).  He has coauthored a series of books about science, technology and medicine:  The Golem: What Everyone Should Know About Science (Merton Prize, American Sociological Association); The Golem at Large; and Dr. Golem.  He is also the coauthor of Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer, the coeditor of Living in a Material World:  Economic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies, and the founding editor of a book series Inside Technology.  His current research focuses on product reviewing processes and online communities.  For the past year, he has performed Moog synthesizer in the electronic duo, The Electric Golem. He is a contributor to the newly emerging field of “sound studies” and the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies. He also hosts a weekly radio spot, “Web watch,” for Radio France International.

More About the PBK Visiting Scholar Program

The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program makes available each year a dozen or so distinguished scholars who will visit colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa.  They spend two days on each campus, meeting informally with students and faculty members, taking part in classroom discussions, and giving a public lecture open to the entire academic community.  The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students.  Now entering its 56th year, the Visiting Scholar Program has sent 586 Scholars on 4,845 two-day visits since it was established in 1956.

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